Calflora
Taxon  Report   9171    
Opuntia polyacantha  Haw.
Plains pricklypear
Opuntia polyacantha
© 2005 Jerry Murray
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CalPhotos / Calflora
Opuntia polyacantha
© 2005 Jerry Murray
Opuntia polyacantha
© 2016 Keir Morse
Opuntia polyacantha, a dicot, is a shrub (stem succulent) that is native to California.

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Opuntia polyacantha
© 2008 Jason E. Willand
Family: CACTACEAE  
Genus: Opuntia
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Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
ICPN: Opuntia erinacea
More information about  Opuntia polyacantha
Nursery / seed vendor availability from CNPLX
This plant is available commercially.
Landscaping information from Calscape
Photos on PlantID.net   /   Google Images
Jepson eFlora

Records from the Consortium of California Herbaria

USDA PLANTS Profile (OPPO)

Search efloras.org (Flora of North America)

website references from Google


Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation, with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals, including the Consortium of California Herbaria. [web application]. 2019. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available: https://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: Jan 24, 2019).